Decisive Battles

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  • 2004
  • 1 Season
  • 7.7  (139)

Decisive Battles is a television show that recreates major battles from history. Hosted by Matthew Settle, airing on the History Channel, this show is often filmed from the actual site of the battle itself. For a more interactive experience they use the same game engine as Game of Thrones to offer a 3D version of the battle allowing the audience to transport back in time and witness the event first hand. In one show they air the Battle of Kadesh which occurred in 1274 B.C.

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Ramses II
12. Ramses II
October 15, 2004
One of Egypt's greatest pharaohs, Ramses II, confronts the biggest menace to his reign at the Battle of Kadesh (circa 1300 BC).
Boudicca: Warrior Queen
11. Boudicca: Warrior Queen
October 8, 2004
Julius Caesar invaded Britain in 55 and 54 BC, gaining submission of the six eastern Celtic tribes. As the Roman Empire's farthest flung province, its merchants enjoyed a healthy trade with Roman Gaul, and for about 100 years.
Birth of the Roman Empire
10. Birth of the Roman Empire
October 1, 2004
In 197 BC, the classic military conflict between the Ancient World's two dominant military systems took place in a chain of hills called Cynoscephalae (Greek for "Dogs' Heads") in Thessaly, Greece.
The Gothic Invasion of Rome
8. The Gothic Invasion of Rome
September 10, 2004
The Roman Empire is crumbling. The once-mighty power has now been split in two and the barbarians are at the gates.
Crassus: Rich Man, Poor Man
7. Crassus: Rich Man, Poor Man
September 3, 2004
Although he may have been the richest man in Rome, Crassus was the political poor relation in the First Triumvirate. He needed military laurels to raise him up to the level of Pompey and Caesar, and he chose to try to get them in Parthia.
Chalons
6. Chalons
August 27, 2004
What made this battle so compelling? Attila the Hun. This terrifying menace of a man had his eyes set on what was left of the Roman Empire. By this time, huge chunks of the Roman Empire were operating under the autonomous control of barbarian kings.
Spartacus
5. Spartacus
August 20, 2004
Spartacus is one of the Ancient World's most famous figures. A Thracian soldier, Spartacus was captured by Romans and sold as a slave for training as a gladiator.
Marathon
4. Marathon
August 6, 2004
The first great invasion of the Persian empire was not checked by the Spartans, but by the Athenians. In a heroic effort, the hoplites warriors of Athens were victorious in a fight against both greater numbers and the march of time.
Thermopylae
2. Thermopylae
July 30, 2004
We return to Thermopylae in 480 BC, where 300 Spartans occupied a mountain pass and held off the colossal army sent by the Persians to avenge their defeat at Marathon.
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Decisive Battles is a television show that recreates major battles from history. Hosted by Matthew Settle, airing on the History Channel, this show is often filmed from the actual site of the battle itself. For a more interactive experience they use the same game engine as Game of Thrones to offer a 3D version of the battle allowing the audience to transport back in time and witness the event first hand. In one show they air the Battle of Kadesh which occurred in 1274 B.C.

  • Premiere Date
    July 30, 2004
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (139)